Pete Buttigieg, the transportation secretary, mentioned on Saturday that he and his husband, Chasten, have been now the mother and father of two youngsters, making him the primary overtly homosexual cupboard secretary to develop into a dad or mum whereas serving.

“We’re delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our household,” Mr. Buttigieg, 39, said in a statement on social media, sharing {a photograph} of his daughter and son for the primary time since announcing last month that they might develop into mother and father.

Within the picture, the couple, seated on a hospital mattress, are smiling as they every cradle a new child. The Buttigieges didn’t instantly reply to a telephone name in search of remark.

Mr. Buttigieg surfaced in nationwide politics when he entered the presidential race in 2019 as mayor of South Bend, Ind. This yr, Mr. Buttigieg and Chasten, 32, relocated to Washington after Mr. Buttigieg grew to become transportation secretary, making him the primary overtly homosexual cupboard member to be confirmed by the Senate. He’s additionally the youngest member of President Biden’s cupboard.

Mr. Buttigieg and Chasten, a former center faculty trainer, wed in 2018. Since Mr. Buttigieg entered the nationwide highlight, they’ve usually sought to upend perceptions of homosexual relationships.

“Individuals are accustomed to politics trying a distinct method, and also you’re right here to ensure that, you already know, it may possibly look a distinct method,” Chasten said in an interview with The New York Occasions this spring.

The couple had been exploring adoption in latest months. Chasten, who wrote a memoir revealed in June about rising up homosexual within the Midwest, additionally just lately informed USA Today that the couple was navigating the method of beginning a household.

“We have now fairly a number of pals in our circle who’ve navigated that, so we’ve simply been having numerous conversations with pals and began making an attempt to determine what’s going to work for us,” he mentioned.

After the couple indicated final month that they have been finishing the method of turning into mother and father, activists mentioned that the Buttigieges’ announcement might reshape assumptions of homosexual fatherhood.

“As mother and father, they’ll now shine a nationwide highlight on L.G.B.T.Q. households, who usually face daunting challenges due to outdated insurance policies that narrowly outline what households are,” Annise Parker, the president of the Victory Institute, a company that helps put together L.G.B.T.Q. individuals to run for political workplace, mentioned in a press release.

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